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    Price of concrete

    Thanks for those thoughts. I'm getting some silly quotes from guys who want to lay the base but add £££££££ for "Materials Cost"!
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    Price of concrete

    I'm laying a base for a garden cabin and want to lay it on concrete I'll need about 1 m3 of ready mix. What could I expect to pay for this? (Living in South Wales)
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    Low joists - Increasing head-room

    Yeah, I thought of that, but that's a lot messier, and I'd need to get a builder in to do it.
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    Low joists - Increasing head-room

    Thanks. The beam is 4x2. Could I shave two inches off do you think? Also I was thinking of bracing the weakened area by bolting on a metal strip. Would this be necessary?
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    Low joists - Increasing head-room

    My landing has a couple of beams/joists which are a particular headache (literally!) for tall people. I would like to solve this by removing a section as shown in the photos. Would this cause significant structural problems to the house? The beam, as you can see is not load-bearing.
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    Mouldings around window

    Can anyone advise me the best way to reinstate the mouldings at the base of my window to look like those of my neighbour (left of photo)
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    Cleaning brickwork

    OK. Thanks for the info.
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    Cleaning brickwork

    Would pressure-washing have any effect?
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    Cleaning brickwork

    Can anyone recommend a method of cleaning the brickwork on my house. Please see an example in the attached photo. Thanks.
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    Sourcing timber

    Thanks. I haven't got the facilities or skill to machine my own timber, unfortunately! I might take the coward's way out and buy pre-made. Jeld-wen are quite reasonably priced.
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    Sourcing timber

    I want to make some "cottage style" internal doors from tongue & groove softwood. Can anyone advise me on sourcing good quality timber which won't crack, warp or shrink within a few months?
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    Tiling over floorboards

    I want to lay tiles over existing floorboards in my hallway. One way to do this according to my research is to first cover the boards with plywood to give a flat even surface. Given the current high cost of plywood I was looking for alternatives and came across Metsäwood Compressed Wood Strands...
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    Wall thermostat question

    OK. Thanks for the info.
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    Wall thermostat question

    I have a standard wall thermostat - square with a round dial. If I make it look less obtrusive by embedding the depth into the wall, will it still work effectively?
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    Rotten bow-window sill

    Thanks - a bit belatedly! (I ticked the box to notify me by email when I get a response, but that doesn't seem to work).
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    Rotten bow-window sill

    Here's the sill I've been repairing for years, and have finally come to the conclusion that I'll have to replace it!! Will I be able to buy a replacement for this sill, or will I have to fashion it myself? Are there any existing topics on this forum which could show me the best way to replace...
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    Replacing a Mira power shower

    No - I would be replacing like-for-like with an updated version of the shower (ie. not electrically heated). Thanks for your responses.
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    Replacing a Mira power shower

    My plumber told me he would need to get an electrician to install a local RCD unit if he was to replace the shower. Is this really the case considering that I have recently replaced my old fuse box with an up to date RCD consumer unit?
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    Spray painting question

    I want to use some Morrison's acrylic spray (indoors) and it says on the can to do it between temperatures of 15 - 25 degrees. As I'm currently in Greece, and I can't get my room temperature down below about 29 C, what would be the consequences of doing the spraying anyway?
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    Painting new plaster

    Thanks for responses. It says "Seal absorbent surfaces with a solution of one part water to 5 parts" of the paint. Although the plastering took place only a few days ago it's already dried out to a nice bright pink colour. I'd like to do the painting at the weekend unless anybody tells me...
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